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There’s been a lot of talk surrounding the impact of raising the minimum wage. Two proposed bills in the legislation have the support of Governor Abercrombie, and could bump up our current minimum wage to $8.75 an hour. This has caused concern for Hawaii economists and HPR’s Molly Solomon has this report. You can view UHERO's full report on raising the minimum wage here.

Honolulu Printmakers Celebrate 85 Years

Feb 19, 2013
www.honoluluprintmakers.com
www.honoluluprintmakers.com

Eighty-five. That’s the theme for this year’s Honolulu Printmakers Exhibition. HPR’s Molly Solomon talked with Hawaii artists preparing to make their mark in an upcoming show.

www.hty.org
www.hty.org

You may not know his name, but Gordon Hirabayashi’s story is one you’ll remember. Hawaii 5-0’s Daniel Dae Kim is working on a very special project with Honolulu Theatre for Youth.  HPR’s Molly Solomon caught up with the actor and has this report.

Documentary Explores Legacy of Jesse Owens

Feb 14, 2013
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www.pbs.org

The name Jesse Owens brings to mind Olympic success and glory. But a new film on the runner’s life reveals the man behind the medals. HPR’s Molly Solomon spoke with the filmmaker and has this report.

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Flickr / bookgrl

Hawaii legislators are considering new ways to deal with the growing problem of childhood obesity. School lunch has come under the spotlight and lawmakers are pushing to make some changes in the school cafeteria. HPR’s Molly Solomon takes a closer look.

  Namelehuapono is providing a new kind of support to victims of domestic violence.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on their process of reconnecting women with their culture and with their own inner resources.

Namelehuapono does not have its own website, but some information can be found here.

Artists Return to Kaka'ako for 3rd Pow Wow

Feb 7, 2013
Flickr / Art La Flamme
Flickr / Art La Flamme

 

Honolulu's Kaka'ako neighborhood is buzzing with anticipation for the return of Pow Wow Hawaii. The week-long art festival brings a splash of color to Honolulu.

  Pow Wow co-founders Jasper Wong and Kamea Hadar say they anticipate as many as 100 local and international artists. They'll take to the streets starting Saturday, using blank warehouse walls as a canvas to share their cultural stories. Jasper and Kamea say none of this would be possible without the strong support of the community. 

R&D Debuts New Look

Feb 5, 2013
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Interisland Terminal’s R&D rung in the new year with a big renovation. HPR’s Molly Solomon caught a preview of the remodeled space and has this report.

You can see the new space for yourself at R&D’s re-launch party. It takes place tonight at 6:30 and you can buy tickets to the event or submit a donation.

  UH Manoa researchers are reporting the decline of a native moth that indicates changes in habitat across the island chain.  Thanks to specimens collected over time at the Bishop Museum and the UH Insect Museum, scientists are able to chart changes and possibly propose mitigation efforts.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

You can read the full research paper online.

Breaking Bread with Breadshop's Chris Sy

Jan 2, 2013
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www.breadsbybreadshop.com

In the land where every plate lunch comes with two scoops of rice, a local baker is going against the grain.

Chris Sy is the man behind Breadshop, a new pop up bakery that sells French country-style loaves. Sy has spent his career working at some of the country's most renowned restaurants, including The French Laundry and Alinea.

Ringing in the New Year with Fresh Mochi

Dec 31, 2012
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Flickr / hawaii

This holiday season, many families will gather to celebrate the Japanese New Year's tradition of making mochi. You can pick up fresh or frozen mochi from many stores around the state at this time of year. But there's something special about making it the old fashioned way.

Students Learn Importance of Local Farms

Nov 9, 2012
Dan Nakasone
Dan Nakasone

Leeward Community College is hosting a very special dinner tonight, “Earth to Plate.” All dishes are created by student chefs and highlight local ingredients from local farms. The benefit dinner is part of the Culinary Arts Program.    “Earth to Plate” serves up a five-course dinner tonight at The Pearl at Leeward Community College. For more information on tonight’s event, call 455-0298.

Plenty of Poi at the 3rd Annual Kalo Fest

Nov 1, 2012
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Flickr / bump

If you're a fan of all thing poi ... head on down to the 3rd Annual Kalo Festival this weekend! Organizers invite the community to learn more about the cultural and historical significance of this staple crop.

Daniel Anthony is a local kalo farmer who believe it's important to continue farming traditional crops such as taro. He'll be at the festival this weekend leading a community taro-ponding workshop.

Campaign Recipe Books: Cooking Up Voter Support

Oct 31, 2012

Barbeque spare ribs. Oxtail Soup. Onolicious chicken? Not exactly what comes to mind when you think politics. Unless you reside in Hawai'i, where politicians have been passing out free recipe pamphlets for years. Local political analyst Dan Boylan stresses the link between food and politics in Hawai'i. Boylan notes that in recent years he’s seen fewer cookbooks.  But occasionally one will pop up in his mailbox.  A candidate who still uses the recipe book approach is Lei Ahu Isa, who served in the Hawai'i House of Representatives from 1996 – 2002.

Local Nonprofit Hopes to Get Out the Vote

Oct 29, 2012
Flickr / Ann Douglas
Flickr / Ann Douglas

In the last presidential election, Hawaii’s voter turnout was the worst in the nation.  This concerns James Koshiba, the Executive Director of Kanu Hawaii. He wants to bring the people’s voice back into politics.  His project, HawaiiCandidates.info, seeks to re-engage the community and increase voter turnout. Thanks to a largely volunteer effort, Koshiba was able to reach people in communities with historically low voter turnout.  Koshiba’s approach was to listen and ask the community what was important to them.

A Graphic Novel with a Message

Oct 25, 2012
Home of the Brave
Home of the Brave


Two local graphic novelists are working on an unusual project to raise awareness about human trafficking. Spencer Toyama and Jon Lewis start their book "Home of the Brave" with a protagonist who is sold into slavery. They say they were influenced by the work of Kathy Xian, Executive Director of the Honolulu non-profit The Pacific Alliance to Stop Slavery.

Club Hubba Hubba Sign Returns to Chinatown

Oct 18, 2012
Flickr / Joel Abroad
Flickr / Joel Abroad

Club Hubba Hubba. The name conjures up the bawdy glitter of the 1940s nightlife of downtown Honolulu's Hotel Street.

Now the building that housed the historic club is being renovated and so is the former strip joint's neon sign. One of the few remaining signs of that era in the city, it was set to be lit up this weekend, but may be delayed a week or two.

Local Photographer Turns Lens Toward Waikiki

Oct 17, 2012
Eric Yanagi

Nearly 40 years ago, a 22-year old artist decided to document the changing landscape of Honolulu's most famous neighborhood --- Waikiki.  That artist was local photographer Eric Yanagi.  

Thanks to a state grant, Yanagi completed the year-long project in 1973. His focus was on the community that was living in a rapidly developing Waikiki.  Now he’s compiled a collection of his photographs that are on display at UH Manoa, “Framing Paradise: Photography and Waikiki.”

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